File photo of policemen in the Beddawi neighborhood near Tripoli, north Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
BEIRUT: A money exchange dealer was shot and wounded near the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday before being robbed of more than $800,000 in various currencies, security sources said.
They said Bassam Samih al-Ayyoubi was taken to Mazloum hospital for treatment following the 7 a.m. incident near the Akroumi gas station on the Bedawwi highway.
The sources told The Daily Star Ayyoubi was robbed of an estimated $809,000 in foreign currencies, mainly U.S. dollars and Syrian liras.
They said Ayyoubi was transporting the money from Hayyan al-Kibab Company in Syria to Beirut.
Ayyoubi's Mercedes-Benz 220 Series was later found torched in the orange groves near Bedawwi, the sources said.
Police sealed off access to the hospital and launched an investigation into the robbery.
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